November 6, 2020: ARE YOU A PEACEMAKER?

MATTHEW 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

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In a world with such violence and hatred, arguing about who’s right and who’s wrong, being a PEACEMAKER is a daunting task that God asks of us. To be a peacemaker takes great WISDOM and GRACE.

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It’s easier to take sides and charge into the battle of words and ideals. Whether between two people, two families, neighbors, two political parties or two countries it is all the same objective…TO WIN. There is usually a winner and a looser in most confrontations. No one want’s to loose. Unfortunately, in most cases everyone looses something in the battle.

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Did you know that Peace is mentioned 428 times in the Bible. Bringing Peace to the world is a very important mission. That’s why God calls each of us to be PEACEMAKERS. Ever since the first argument between Cain and Abel and Cain killed his brother over a disagreement, we have needed PEACEMAKERS in this world.

My Pastor spoke on this issue last Sunday and he reminded us of a story in Scripture.

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1 KINGS 3:16-28 One day two women came to King Solomon, 17 and one of them said: Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long ago my baby was born at home, 18 and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was there with us.

19 One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on her baby, and he died. 20 Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to me.

21 In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn’t my son.

22 “No!” the other woman shouted. “He was your son. My baby is alive!”

“The dead baby is yours,” the first woman yelled. “Mine is alive!”

They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, 23 until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. 24 Someone bring me a sword.”

A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, 25 “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”

26 “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”

The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”

27 Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

28 Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.

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Both women wanted desperately to win the argument before the King. This was a horribly difficult situation, but SOLOMON was a wise PEACEMAKER. If only we would learn from him.

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We all have instances when we become defensive about something and are ready to fight, sometimes to the death, to prove we are right. Then there are those that always need to have the last word. I’m afraid I have fallen into both categories more than once. If we could just agree to disagree then there would only be winners.

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In The United States, we are blessed with the freedom of speech. Many have fought and died to make sure we have this freedom. It does not mean we always have to win or be right in every circumstance.

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God didn’t make us all the same. We are different people with different thoughts and beliefs. God made each of us unique, which is a marvelous gift but it comes with responsibility. No matter what, no matter our differences, we must love each other, listen and respect one another as God listens to us and loves each of us.

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If we could all remember that we have one mouth and two ears. Which means we should listen more and speak less.

So, in this time of turbulence lets try to remember we are God’s children and we need to act like it. God is asking us to be PEACEMAKERS not troublemakers. He has given us a mouth to edify and build each other up not to be used to destroy one another. Your words have great power…to destroy or to lift up.  Use them wisely. Being a Peacemaker begins with US before we can encourage Peace in others.

PROVERBS 12:18 – “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

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Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

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I Pray today that each of us will be strong but gentle PEACEMAKERS during this time of turmoil. God is calling each of us to be an example of His goodness and grace. We are called to be His witness, His voice, to be brave and bold and to still the storm around us with wisdom and His Word. Will you answer His call?

Be the Best YOU that YOU can Be. Make God proud. Believe and Live Outside the Box.

Peace and Blessings, VICTORIA

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